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ERIC Number: ED150664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Experience-Based Learning Versus Cognitive Input in the Basic Interpersonal Communication Course: An Empirical Examination.
Phelps, Lynn Alan; Dindia-Webb, Kathy
This paper examines the effectiveness of three methods of teaching interpersonal communication (lecturing, using interpersonal exercises, and using exercises that require the application of interpersonal skills) and the relationships among students' test scores on examination questions dealing with knowledge, comprehension, and application skills. The paper first discusses the invalidity of previous tests designed to measure application of interpersonal skills, outlines the procedures through which new test items were developed, and provides examples of typical test items. It then describes a study in which identical tests containing knowledge, comprehension, and application items were administered to students in three sections of an interpersonal communication course, each of which had been taught by one of the three methods under study. Analysis of the results indicated that the application class scored significantly higher than either the lecture or exercise classess. Results also indicated that there were significant differences in test scores among the three classes and among the three types of test questions, but that there was not a significant interaction between type of class and type of test question. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)